By: Terry Graedon March 14, 2019 4 Comments
    Show 1157: Why Are You Never Home Alone?

    You may think your home is sparkling clean. But even a clean house harbors a host of small creatures that have a fascinating web of interactions with each other and with the humans who live there. Wha…

    By: Karen Berger, PharmD, RPh March 14, 2019 2 Comments
    Be Prepared for Anything

    I recently watched the Netflix series, Tidying Up, with my children. Watching this show was an eye opener - I needed to get many areas of the house under control and more organized. As a pharmacist, I…

    By: Joe Graedon March 14, 2019 43 Comments
    Physicians Finally Fed Up With the FDA and ARB R…

    Week after week, month after month, we have been learning about ARB recalls. These angiotensin receptor blockers have been taken by at least two million Americans to control blood pressure or treat he…

    By: Joe Graedon March 14, 2019 3 Comments
    High Cost of Spravato (Esketamine) For Depressio…

    The first really new antidepressant in decades recently won FDA approval for treatment-resistant depression. Esketamine nasal spray will be sold under the brand name Spravato. Physicians and patients …

    By: Terry Graedon March 14, 2019 6 Comments
    Watch Out for a Second Wave of Flu

    By the end of 2018, influenza activity was heavy around the country. This year, the predominant strain of influenza virus causing infection was H1N1. It caused less severe illness and fewer hospitaliz…

    By: Terry Graedon March 14, 2019 5 Comments
    Are Dog-Walkers at Risk for Broken Bones?

    For years, health experts have been telling people that exercise is critical for good health and that walking is great exercise. Dog ownership can contribute: Regular dog-walkers get more exercise tha…

    By: Terry Graedon March 14, 2019 6 Comments
    Can You See Alzheimer Disease with Retina Scan?

    New technology allows for non-invasive imaging of the retina. Now, such a retina scan may allow eye doctors to diagnose Alzheimer disease. Why Would a Retina Scan Be Helpful? The retina is richly supp…

    By: Terry Graedon March 11, 2019 1 Comments
    Is Parsley an Antidote for Bad Breath?

    We love hearing from readers who offer home remedies we haven't seen in common use. You might not be aware of this one: nibble on parsley leaves to banish bad breath. Will Parsley Overcome Bad Breath?…

    By: Joe Graedon March 11, 2019 9 Comments
    PPIs and Kidney Damage | Nephrologist Spanks GI …

    Many specialists live in silos. By that we mean they hang out with other experts like themselves. They reinforce each other’s understanding of the world. These specialists may not hang out with auth…

    By: Terry Graedon March 11, 2019 25 Comments
    Are Gin-Drenched Raisins a Big Joke?

    Whoever said "Getting old isn't for sissies" certainly got it right. As we age, we often accumulate aches and pains that may be attributed to arthritis. People with arthritis are faced with a horrible…

    By: Terry Graedon March 11, 2019 2 Comments
    Is Sunshine the Best Source for Vitamin D?

    Vitamin D has long been known as the sunshine vitamin because skin creates this hormone when exposed to ultraviolet light. However, winter in northern latitudes does not allow much vitamin D to be cre…

    By: Joe Graedon March 11, 2019 14 Comments
    Taking Lisinopril | Avoid POTASSIUM but ZINC Cou…

    Lisinopril is about the most popular drug in the pharmacy. This ACE (angiotensin converting enzyme) inhibitor is swallowed by over 20 million hypertensive Americans every day. Over 110,000,000 bo…

    By: Joe Graedon March 11, 2019 19 Comments
    There’s an Easy Trick to Talk to the Pharm…

    There was a time when most of the pharmacies in America were owned and operated by a pharmacist. They were friendly gathering places. The pharmacist knew your name and probably everyone in your family…

    By: Terry Graedon March 11, 2019 14 Comments
    Can You Overcome Allergies with Xlear?

    Every year as allergy season arrives, people who suffer from allergies look for solutions. Antihistamines such as cetirizine (Zyrtec), fexofenadine (Allegra), levocetirizine (Xyzal) or loratadine (Cla…

    By: Joe Graedon March 7, 2019 8 Comments
    A New Carcinogen Found in BP Meds | More ARB Rec…

    How many times have we said, Not Again? We are, sadly, referring to ARB recalls. ARBs are short for angiotensin receptor blockers. They treat high blood pressure. Basically, it boils down to another w…

    By: Terry Graedon March 7, 2019 7 Comments
    What Should You Know about New Antidepressant Sp…

    The Food and Drug Administration approved a completely new type of antidepressant on March 4, 2019. This ended several weeks of speculation. A nasal spray called esketamine is expected to help people …

    By: Terry Graedon March 7, 2019 7 Comments
    Show 1156: How the Microbiota in the Good Gut Ta…

    Research over the past few decades has revealed that we humans host a bewildering variety of invisible creatures, our microbiota. We can almost envision the collective genome of all these microbes, th…

    By: Terry Graedon March 7, 2019 0 Comments
    You Can Order Your Own Lab Tests from Verisana

    We are proud to introduce you to a new sponsor, Verisana Lab. We have long been advocates of home testing to monitor your health. This German-based clinical laboratory makes it easy for you to learn a…

    By: Terry Graedon March 7, 2019 13 Comments
    No Link Between Vaccine and Autism in Denmark

    There are half a dozen measles outbreaks currently underway in the US, as well as several serious international outbreaks. Consequently, the news on measles vaccine from Denmark is important. Scientis…

    By: Terry Graedon March 6, 2019 9 Comments
    Cocoa Flavonoids Help Ease Fatigue in MS

    Cocoa flavonoids may have some benefit for people with multiple sclerosis, according to a small study in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry (March 4, 2019). These antioxidant comp…

    By: Terry Graedon March 4, 2019 11 Comments
    Is Saltpeter to Kill Sex Drive a Myth?

    The power of sex on our collective imaginations means that people have concocted scores of myths about this fascinating topic. One that comes up time after time is the idea of using a substance to sup…

    By: Joe Graedon March 4, 2019 13 Comments
    Clindamycin and C. Diff Infection: A Devil’s R…

    The FDA has a black box warning in the prescribing information for clindamycin (Cleocin). That represents the highest alert for physicians and patients about this antibiotic. It says in part: “Becau…

    By: Terry Graedon March 4, 2019 12 Comments
    Can You Cure Your Plantar Warts with Hot Water?

    Plantar warts are those that appear on the soles of the feet. You might catch the human papillomavirus that causes plantar warts if you go barefoot in a shared locker room or swimming pool area. Likew…

    By: Terry Graedon March 4, 2019 8 Comments
    Primatene Mist Is Back on Drugstore Shelves

    More than 26 million Americans, roughly 8 percent of the population, have been diagnosed with asthma. In this condition, airway inflammation can lead to constriction. People may cough, wheeze and find…

    By: Terry Graedon March 4, 2019 6 Comments
    Will Horse Chestnut Extract Ease Tired Legs?

    You can see varicose veins as lumpy twisted veins under the skin. They tend to stick up from the surface of the limb (usually the leg or foot). That distinguishes them from spider veins that are visib…

    By: Joe Graedon March 4, 2019 16 Comments
    FDA Boss Infuriates Patients with Drug Safety Tw…

    Dr. Scott Gottlieb is the Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration. That means he is the top cop when it comes to all our medications. Dr. Gottlieb stirred up a lot of excitement on Valentine…

    By: Terry Graedon March 4, 2019 8 Comments
    Research Supports Coconut Remedy to Stop Diarrhe…

    Have you heard of eating coconut cookies to control a bout of diarrhea? Here's the story behind this coconut remedy. Coconut Remedy for Chronic Diarrhea: Q. My husband suffered with diarrhea for many …

    By: Joe Graedon March 4, 2019 5 Comments
    Why Choose Certified Organic Probiotic Products?

    FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., recently announced that the agency will be “modernizing and reforming FDA’s oversight” of dietary supplements.  In essence, he has admitted that the F…

    By: Terry Graedon February 28, 2019 3 Comments
    Show 1155: Can Bacteriophages Save Your Life?

    Antibiotic-resistant bacteria have been cropping up around the world. These superbugs cause serious problems, especially when they fail to respond to increasingly potent medications. One approach may …

    By: Terry Graedon February 28, 2019 3 Comments
    Nuts Have Heart-Healthy Benefits for Type 2 Diab…

    People with type 2 diabetes are usually cautioned to avoid fat in their diets. Nuts may be high in fat, but they seem to be heart-healthy for those with this condition. People with type 2 diabetes are…

    By: Terry Graedon February 28, 2019 4 Comments
    Will Tick Bites Make You Allergic to Red Meat?

    Most people are aware that tick bites can transmit infections such as Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Lyme disease. There is another condition caused by tick bites, however. It’s called alpha-gal a…

    By: Terry Graedon February 28, 2019 0 Comments
    How Can Viruses Fight Antibiotic-Resistant Bacte…

    The CDC estimates that at least 23,000 Americans die each year from antibiotic-resistant infections. Researchers expect this problem will only get worse in coming years. Finding new antibiotics has be…

    By: Terry Graedon February 25, 2019 9 Comments
    Rat Poison Is Not Relevant to People

    We recently answered a question from a reader about vitamin D3 used in high concentrations as a mouse or rat poison. At the toxic levels found in the bait, vitamin D3 can lead to kidney damage, heart …

    By: Terry Graedon February 25, 2019 1 Comments
    Are You Giving Your Child the Right Dose?

    What do you do when your young child gets a fever, a cough or a sore throat? If you’re like most parents, you look around the medicine chest for something to ease the symptoms. But what will you fin…

    By: Joe Graedon February 25, 2019 10 Comments
    Fibromyalgia Treatment| Choosing Between Pain Re…

    When it comes to fibromyalgia think pain. Almost constant pain. Some people describe it as a nagging ache, sort of like a toothache in your muscles. Other people complain of tender places on the body.…

    By: Joe Graedon February 25, 2019 10 Comments
    Peyronie’s Disease | Can You Cure a Curved Pen…

    It is hard to talk about curvature of the penis. For one thing, the cause is often a result of trauma. That is to say, injury during sex. Who wants to tell a doctor that you have been too rambunctious…

    By: Terry Graedon February 25, 2019 10 Comments
    What Is the Best Way to Store Extra-Virgin Olive…

    Extra-virgin olive oil has a stellar reputation, not only among foodies but among scientists and cardiologists as well. People who consume this oil as part of their regular diet appear to be less susc…

    By: Terry Graedon February 25, 2019 3 Comments
    How to Beat Nose Spray Dependence One Nostril at…

    Decongestant nose spray is fabulous when your nasal passages are so congested you can't breathe. Just a spritz can open clogged sinuses. However, such nasal sprays have a big downside: nose spray addi…

    By: Terry Graedon February 25, 2019 17 Comments
    Will Milk of Magnesia Help Under-Breast Itching?

    Under-breast itching is often an extremely irritating problem. You certainly can't scratch the itch, and figuring out how to treat it is tricky. Doctors don't always have solutions for this stubborn p…

    By: Terry Graedon February 21, 2019 19 Comments
    Show 1154: How to Take Good Care of Your Eyesigh…

    A national survey just a few years ago showed that Americans fear losing their vision more than they fear losing a limb, their hearing, their ability to speak or even their memory (Scott et al, JAMA O…